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Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana
Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana are two contemporary art museums that aim to share with the public the extraordinary Pinault Collection and to strengthen the priviledged relationship the institution has developed with artists, especially thanks to works specifically conceived for its exhibition spaces.
PALAZZO GRASSI (also known as the Palazzo Grassi-Stucky) is an edifice in the Venetian Classical style located on the Grand Canal, between the Palazzo Moro Lin and the campo San Samuele, in San Marco neighboorhood.
It was designed by Giorgio Massari, and the building was completed between 1748 and 1772. In 1840, the Grassi family sold the palace, and it passed through the hands of several different owners before becoming the International Centre of Arts and Costume in 1951. In 1983, Palazzo Grassi was bought by Fiat as a space for art and archaeology exhibitions, and the building was adapted by the Milanese architect Gae Aulenti. In 2005, Palazzo Grassi was bought by art collector François Pinault. Renovated by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando, it reopened in April 2006 with the exhibition “Where are we going?”.
Campo San Samuele 3231, Venice
Vaporetto: San Samuele (line 2), Sant’Angelo (line 1)
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: SIGMAR POLKE
PUNTA DELLA DOGANA is an art museum in Venice’s old Sea Customs House, the Dogana da Mar in Dorsoduro neighbourhood. It also refers to the triangular area of Venice where the Grand Canal meets the Giudecca Canal, and its collection of buildings: Santa Maria della Salute, Patriarchal Seminary of Venice, and Dogana da Mar at the triangle’s tip.
Architect Giuiseppe Benoni’s work is characterised by the tower surmounted by a sculptural group representing two Atlases lifting a golden bronze sphere on the top of which is Fortune, which, by turning, indicates the direction of the wind. The building continued to be a customs house, and thus intrinsically linked to the city’s history, until the 1980s. After twenty years of abandonment, the Venice city council announced a tender to transform it into a contemporary art space. The Pinault Collection was awarded the tender in 2007, and entrusted the restoration of the imposing complex to architect Tadao Ando. In June 2009, after 14 months of work, Punta della Dogana reopened to the public with the exhibition “Mapping the Studio”.
PUNTA DELLA DOGANA
Dorsoduro 2, Venice
Vaporetto: Salute (line 1)
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: ACCROCHAGE
Open every day, except on Tuesdays, 10-19; last entrance at 18
Tel. +39 041 2001 057
from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm; on Saturday from 9am to 2pm